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Professor of the German Language and Literature in King's College, London Examiner in German to the University of London, and for the Civil Service of India; Member of the Council of the College of Preceptors, &c.


From the WESTMINSTER REVIEW, January, 1863.

Dr. Buchheim's admirable edition of Schiller's Wallenstein, with English Notes, will be a boon to all German students, whether in or out of school, and a valuable guide to the English reader through the many perplexing and difficult passages, which make a commentary almost as essential to the full comprehension of Schiller's Trilogy, as it is to Dante's. Besides his accurate historical notes, Dr. Buchheim adds elucidations, critical and grammatical, wherever the text requires them, and the English equivalent for every word which the ordinary German and English dictionaries would not supply. A more complete work, or one more perfectly carried out in all its details, it would be hard to mention; and it supplies a want which all who have not been content with an imperfect smattering acquaintance with Schiller's masterpiece must have felt.

From the ATHENEUM, October 18, 1862.

Dr. Buchheim's comment on the whole Trilogy of Wallenstein, printed with the original text, is one of the most useful books of instruction that have been published for some time; and he should

certainly be chosen by the next metrical translator of the plays as one, at least, of his guides. His notes apply not only to the language, but abound in historical information.

From the PARTHENON (Literary Gazette), August 16, 1862.

Dr. Buchheim has taken as his subject the Trilogy of Wallenstein, which consists of the Camp, the Piccolomini, and Wallenstein's death. This great drama is Schiller's masterpiece, and perhaps the noblest literary work of the last hundred years. To criticise it in any way is beside the present purpose. It contains the most elevated ideas, the most profound reflections on human life, and the most striking dramatic scenes, expressed in language of unequalled beauty and force. Such a work, if well studied, would give a man a great command of the German language; for there is enough of it here to teach him all the common, and many of the more difficult, forms of expression.

The difficulty in making notes lies in making neither too many nor too few, and in making no useless notes. Dr. Buchheim's rule is a safe guide in this matter; if the dictionaries do not give the necessary explanations of a word or a phrase, the editor gives the explanation in a note. Having read all the notes carefully, we affirm that many of them are useful and necessary to an Englishman who knows German well, and that all of them will be useful to a learner, whether he has a master or not. The editor's Introduction, which contains a brief notice of the Thirty Years' War, of Wallenstein and his army, and an analysis of the drama, will be useful to those who know little of the history of this war, which was carried on in the name of Religion. Indeed, all through the work the editor has taken great pains with the historical allusions, and even with the jargon of astrology, which Schiller has appropriately though sparingly introduced.

It is the fashion to consider such editions as Dr. Buchheim's "Wallenstein" as mere school books; but a book may be very useful for schools and for the purposes of education, and for other purposes too. After an examination of every line in this book, we affirm that it is a very valuable edition to our foreign classics, and we should be glad to see other standard works with as good a commentary.

From the EXAMINER, January 31, 1863.

Dr. Buchheim's edition of Schiller's Wallenstein, edited with singular completeness, cannot be surpassed, in its own way, for thoroughness; and we can well believe the editor when he declares it to be the result of several years' study.

From the LONDON REVIEW, December 13, 1862.

We never saw a work of the sort that had been more fairly and honestly executed. The notes are short and to the point. The passages annotated have been selected with great judgment, and the comments upon the historical allusions, the astrological terms, the idiomatic phrases, and other difficult points, are so good and so business-like, that any person with a moderate knowledge of the German language will be able to read and understand the whole of the "Wallenstein" without the aid of a dictionary. The edition of the Trilogy is preceded by a short but excellent introduction, giving a concise account of the Thirty Years' War and of Wallenstein's life, as well as a general analysis of the drama, and a description of the various characters who are introduced on the stage.

We recommend with the greatest confidence this excellent work to all readers of the "Wallenstein." The difficulties which the play presents-and they are not few-have been all so smoothed away by Dr. Buchheim's judicious and careful notes, that a reader who is but moderately acquainted with German will be able to take pleasure in reading that grand work in the language in which it was written.

From the SPECTATOR, February 7, 1863.

This edition of Schiller's famous Trilogy appears to us to be worthy of all praise. To a carefully revised text Dr. Buchheim has added a brief introduction, principally of an historical nature, and a judicious selection of short notes, in which not only the philological difficulties, but also the historical and astrological allusions, of the original are adequately explained. The book contains the result of a considerable amount of labour, and it may safely be recommended as the edition of Schiller's great work which is best suited to the requirements both of the student and of the more advanced scholar.

From the EDUCATIONAL TIMES, February, 1863.

All students of German are aware how full "Wallenstein" is of historical and astrological allusions: these the editor has most carefully and laboriously explained, while he has in no case, that we can discover, neglected a real idiomatic difficulty. This book is, indeed, a specimen of laborious and conscientious editing-a phenomenon in these days of perfunctory performances which ought to be duly chronicled.

The student of Schiller's great Trilogy has here an edition, conscientiously got up, in which every difficulty, whether of idiom or of allusion, is briefly and effectually solved.


The three plays are written in a strictly historical spirit, and with much historical research; and there are many allusions to the events, manners, and habits of thought of the early part of the 17th century, which require explanation, especially for one who does not understand the exact meaning of every word. Dr. Buchheim explains all historical and astrological allusions (for Wallenstein was a great believer in the occult science), translates all unusual expressions, and particularly hard sentences, and, in short, does just what is necessary to enable the advancing student to appreciate Schiller's great work.

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From the READER, January 2, 1864.

This Lecture contains an interesting and clever sketch of the various stages through which the German grammar has passed.

From the OBSERVER, January 17, 1864.

A very interesting historical sketch of German grammar, and in which some forcible arguments are put forward in favour of a scientific improvement in its structure.



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